Quality of Life and Satisfaction with Immediate Breast Reconstruction after Mastectomy in Patients with Breast Cancer

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Pintong kitbun
Piyawan Pokpalagon
Suchira Chaiviboontham
Prakasit Chirappapha


This descriptive cross-sectional research aimed to explore the quality of life and satisfaction with immediate breast reconstruction after mastectomy in patients with breast cancer.Purposive sampling was used to select a sample of 80 patients diagnosed with breast cancer undergoing immediate breast reconstruction after mastectomy. They were recruited at an outpatient surgical department clinic in a university hospital in Bangkok, Thailand. The instruments used for collecting data comprised the Demographic Data Form and the BREAST-Q Version 2.0© Reconstruction Module Postoperative Scales(Thaiversion),consisting of two parts: quality of life and satisfaction. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics. The quality of life had three domains (physical well-being,psychosocial well-being, and sexual well-being), it was found that the physical well-being domain had the highest mean score,while the sexual well-being domain had the lowest.For the satisfaction part, the domains were analyzed, the mean satisfaction with care was the highest; however, the satisfaction with the information subdomain was lower than other subdomains. Among the four types of surgery,the quality of life in terms of physical well-being, particularly the chest of the patients receiving latissimus dorsi flap, had the highest mean score. However, the satisfaction with breasts of transverse rectus abdominis myocutaneous flap reconstruction had the highest mean score. The results of this study can be used as basic information for patients and healthcare providers to decide on optimal breast  reconstruction that meets the patients’demands and to develop care to enhance sexual well-being.
Keywords: Breast cancer, Immediate breast reconstruction,Mastectomy, Quality of life,Satisfaction

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kitbun P, Pokpalagon P, Chaiviboontham S, Chirappapha P. Quality of Life and Satisfaction with Immediate Breast Reconstruction after Mastectomy in Patients with Breast Cancer. Nurs Res Inno J [Internet]. 2024 Apr. 19 [cited 2024 Jun. 17];30(1). Available from: https://he02.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/RNJ/article/view/261627
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